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How to Select the Right Window Style for Your Minneapolis, MN Area Home

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Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your Minneapolis home, but selecting which windows will enhance your home’s appearance and meet the energy efficiency level you desire will be a tough decision too. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the right windows really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, your budget.

STYLES OF WINDOWS TO CONSIDER:

Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. Awning windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to provide ventilation and privacy. Awning windows are often found on southern home designs.

Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows commonly feature a large window in the middle bordered on either side by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The windows can be opened or fixed (or a blend of the two). The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, likely casements structured to make a gradual arching insert. Bay and bow windows offer impressive sweeping views, as well as giving a room the illusion of being larger than it is. Many of our Minneapolis area customers opt to include a convenient window sitting area to their bay or bow windows in order to further enjoy the open feeling that they offer.

Casement Windows — Usually referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are one of the highest demand style of windows in the Minneapolis area. Found within numerous home designs, casement windows have a single sash that’s mounted on either side and opens by using a crank handle. Because of its design, ventilation is aplenty with casement windows compared to double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). From an overall appearance standpoint, we recommend casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. We would suggest you avoid casement windows in high traffic areas, due to the fact that they take up more space when open.

Double-Hung Windows — Most commonly used in traditional, Colonial or Victorian home designs, double-hung windows feature two sashes within a single frame. The top and bottom sash bypass each other vertically when opening from the bottom up or the top down. Double-hung windows are most striking when they are about two-times the height as they are wide and each sash is an equal-sized square.

Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are most often used as a primary focal point or within a pattern combined with other windows. Commonly shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows don’t open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your Minneapolis house.

Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are almost the same as double hung windows, with one unique feature: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash cannot open.

Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open exactly as their name implies; they move side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your Minneapolis home, such as over the kitchen sink. These windows are frequently used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.

Skylights — Those Minneapolis homeowners that would like the extra natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to permit common wall-installed windows, may want to ponder a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which often brings in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.

Transom — Not unlike fixed windows, transoms are usually combined with other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They often are installed atop or below the main window or door. Transoms give the illusion of taller windows by allowing more sunlight in and more airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in a variety of shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.

Window Wall — Just as the name suggests, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that don’t open and stretch from floor to ceiling. The windows that make up the wall can be of similar or different sizes/shapes and be used for either exterior or interior walls.

To find the right window for your Minneapolis area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.